Even though fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting your bones and muscles, it’s often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. This disorder is characterized by widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue. Additional symptoms include sleep, memory and mood issues.

In my opinion, about 80% of people labeled as having Fibromyalgia have another condition that can be treated in a different way.

However, there isn’t really a known cause of true fibromyalgia. Additionally, there is no set cure; although a combination of medication, exercise, managing your stress, and healthy habits may ease your symptoms. So what are some commone symptoms of fibromyalgia? Who is more at risk when it comes to fibromyalgia?

1. The Symptoms

There are a few main symptoms that characterize fibromyalgia. They are:

  • Widespread pain: The pain associated with fibromyalgia is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and fibromyalgia can lead to widespread pain sleep problems and other symptomsbelow your waist.
  • Fatigue: People with fibromyalgia awaken tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  • Cognitive difficulties: A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.

2. Possible Causes and Risk

There is no proven cause of fibromyalgia. However, it is likely caused by a combination of factors such as:

  • Genetics: Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.
  • Infections: Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  • Physical or emotional trauma: Fibromyalgia is sometimes triggered by a physical trauma, such as a car accident. Psychological stress may also trigger the condition.
  • Toxins
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Additionally, you are more at risk of getting fibromyalgia if you:

  • You’re a woman.
  • Have another painful disease, such as arthritis, or an infection.
  • If you have a mood disorder, like anxiety or depression.
  • Have been physically or emotionally abused or have PTSD.
  • You rarely exercise.
  • Other family members have it.

3. Why Does It Hurt?

Researchers believe repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people with fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain.

In addition, the brain’s pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals. While there is no definite cause of fibromyalgia, most doctors believe it’s a problem with how your brain and spinal cord process pain signals from your nerves.

4. What’s The Solution?

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First you need to get to the root causes of your pain, fatigue and insomnia. This can involve certain lab tests as well as a comprehensive assessment. Get it FREE here.

One of the best ways to help control your fibromyalgia is through exercise. You’ll want to do low-impact activities that build your endurance, stretch and strengthen your muscles, and improve your ability to move easily. Exercises such as yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and even walking are great for fibromyalgia.

Exercise also releases endorphins, which fight pain, stress, and may even help you sleep better. Additionally, complimentary therapies, including massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments can help relieve and manage symptoms.

The Fibromyalgia Takeaway

All in all, fibromyalgia can be a debilitating disorder that can make it difficult to do daily tasks. However, a comprehensive health plan can help you manage  your symptoms or even heal the causes as well, prevent secondary illness and disability and live life normally.

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About the author

Dr. Christine Sauer

Dr. Christine Sauer, MD, ND is a German-trained, retired conventional as well as naturopathic physician, a Certified Brain, and Mental Health Coach and a Nutrition, Supplementation, Weight Loss and Emotional Eating Expert. Through her own journey from the successful owner of a large medical practice in Germany through the abyss of mental and physical illness to complete recovery, she discovered her unique process, combining education, life and health coaching, to help her clients to "Recover Your Sparkle", to achieve lasting peace, joy, and 5-dimensional health. Her mission is to be a beacon for love, joy, and peace in this scary world. Her hobbies are science, learning new things, cooking, gardening, and her husband and dog.
She is also an international #1 bestselling author, TEDx speaker, mentor and trainer for other coaches and a loving human being!

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